Lingfeng Shen

My name is Lingfeng Shen(沈凌峰), a research scientist at Bytedance (San Jose). I'm currently working on the foundation models and their applications. Before that, I obtained my M.S. degree at Department of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University, and I received my B.S. degree (Mathematics) from China Agricultural University.

During my time at Johns Hopkins, I wokred with Daniel Khashabi and Philipp Koehn. Besides, I was fortunate to spend my last year of undergraduate at Tencent AI Lab, mentored by Haiyun Jiang, Lemao Liu and Shuming Shi.

My current research interests include:

  • Understanding the emergent behaviors of foundation models (e.g., In-context learning): [Link]
  • Data-centric design in building foundation models: [Link]
  • I used to be interested in adversarial robustness [Link], [Link], backdoor robustness [Link], and evaluation [Link], [Link]

    Email: starkshen3333[at]; lingfeng.shen[at]

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    I use a so-called "geometric owl" as my avatar in most places.

    Selected Publications (* equal contribution, full publications can be found in my Google Scholar)

    The Language Barrier: Dissecting Safety Challenges of LLMs in Multilingual Contexts
    Lingfeng Shen, Weiting Tan, Sihao Chen, Yunmo Chen, Jingyu Zhang, Haoran Xu, Boyuan Zheng, Philipp Koehn, Daniel Khashabi
    ACL 2024  
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    Do pretrained Transformers Really Learn In-context by Gradient Descent?
    Lingfeng Shen*, Aayush Mishra*, Daniel Khashabi
    ICML 2024 (Oral)  
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    The Trickle-down Impact of Reward (In-)consistency on RLHF
    Lingfeng Shen,  Sihao Chen, Linfeng Song, Lifeng Jin, Baolin Peng, Haitao Mi, Daniel Khashabi, Dong Yu
    ICLR 2024  
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    On the Evaluation Metrics for Paraphrase Generation
    Lingfeng Shen, Lemao Liu, Haiyun Jiang, Shuming Shi
    EMNLP 2022  
    paper  /  code


  • Motorsports ignite my passion, particularly Formula 1. I'm ardently devoted to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team.
  • The NBA also has a special place in my heart; I used to be a fan of Houston Rocket.
  • Off the screen, you'll often find me karting with friends or playing video games.
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  • Reviewers: ICLR2024, NeurIPS 2023/2024, ICML 2023, ACL 2023, AAAI 2023/2024, AAAI2022, EMNLP 2022/2023, ARR 2022/2023.

  • Updated at July 2023
    Thanks Jon Barron for this amazing work